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The Dynamics of Risk: Changing Technologies and Collective Action in Seismic Events

Louise K. Comfort


Earthquakes are a huge global threat. In thirty-six countries, severe seismic risks threaten populations and their increasingly interdependent systems of transportation, communication, energy, and finance. This book provides an examination of how twelve communities in nine countries responded to destructive earthquakes between 1999 and 2015. And many of the book's lessons can also be applied to other large-scale risks. The book sets the global problem of seismic risk in the framework of complex adaptive systems to explore how the consequences of such events ripple across jurisdictions, communi ... More

Keywords: earthquakes, seismic risks, complex adaptive systems, response, recovery, information technology, global information infrastructure, disaster relief, disasters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691165370
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691165370.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Louise K. Comfort, author
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs